'On Her Shoulders' Tackles Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad [Capsule Review]

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Sundance has been known to include many films about what’s happening in the middle east throughout its yearly Documentary competition and premieres sections. However, Alexandria Bombach’s documentary “On Her Shoulders” is a unique addition. With the well-honed eyes of her camera lenses, Bombach tackles the incredible story of, just last month's Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who was kept as a sex slave for ISIS when she was just 19. The terrorist group had invaded her village of Kojo in Sinjar, Iraq and cause a genocide of her people. As Bombach’s camera follow’s Murad around the world advocating help for the Yazidi people she gives interview after interview, speech after speech, describing her people’s plights and her own experiences. Reliving her trauma, over and over again in order to help her people, Nadia tries to keep herself on track despite the toll this has taken on her. The film’s final image, which has Nadia returning to her homeland, is nothing short of stunning. [B]